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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 26, 1994
                       ADMINISTRATOR AT E.P.A.

President Clinton announced today that he intends to nominate Fred Hansen to be the Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Through his accomplished state leadership, Fred Hansen brings real environmental expertise and commitment to this position," the President said. "I am confident that his service at the E.P.A. will be marked by the same excellence and leadership he has shown in Oregon as a long-time environmental leader."

For the past decade, Mr. Hansen has been director of Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality, where he was considered one of the most influential leaders among state environmental commissioners. During his tenure, Oregon was continuously ranked in the top five most environmentally progressive states.

From 1970-78, Mr. Hansen worked in Washington D.C., both on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch, including positions as the Executive Assistant to the Director of the Peace Corps and Deputy Director for President Carter's special project on federal cash management.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon in 1968 and received his masters in 1970 from McMaster University in Ontario. He also has completed a year of doctorate work at The Johns Hopkins University. He is married to Joyce E. Cohen, an Oregon state senator.

He was born in 1946 in Portland Oregon, where he still resides.

Mr. Hansen will replace Robert Sussman, the current E.P.A Deputy, who has tendered his resignation (effective Oct. 17) to pursue other opportunities in the Administration.